Posted on19 May, 2021 3 weeks ago 3 min read
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has appointed the new Scottish Cabinet – gender-balanced, diverse, and ready to deliver for Scotland.
As we emerge out of the pandemic and begin our recovery, the SNP Government is determined to take bold, transformative action to build a better Scotland.
This is a Cabinet brimming with ambition and energy to keep delivering progress. Here’s what you need to know.
Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery
Deputy First Minister John Swinney is also appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery to remobilise our economy and society, and build back a better Scotland after the pandemic.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy
After becoming the first woman anywhere in the UK to deliver a Budget, Kate Forbes takes on an expanded brief as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy – driving forward our plans to build a thriving, more prosperous, fairer nation.
Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care
Humza Yousaf is the new Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, as we pave the way towards establishing a National Care Service, remobilising our NHS, and implementing the biggest NHS pay rise in the history of devolution.
Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills
Shirley-Anne Somerville is the new Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills – continuing our mission to tear down barriers to learning, end the digital divide and tackle the attainment gap.
Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport
Michael Matheson takes on a new role as Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, as we work towards hosting COP26 in Glasgow, reaching our world-leading targets of net zero by 2045, and delivering a greener, publicly-owned railway.
Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government
Shona Robison is the new Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government – working on our bold plans to tackle child poverty, deliver 100,000 affordable homes and strengthen protections for renters.
Cabinet Secretary for Justice
Keith Brown is the new Cabinet Secretary for Justice, continuing our work to reform the justice system, strengthen human rights protections, and build a safer Scotland.
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands
Mairi Gougeon is the new Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, taking charge of our policies to empower and support Scotland’s rural and island communities.
Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture
After taking the Edinburgh Central seat from the Tories, Angus Robertson is the new Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture – charged with expanding Scotland’s international connections and paving the way for a referendum on Scotland’s future.